Author Archives: Glen Argan

The Catholic Church’s Changing Position on the Death Penalty

Originally posted on On the Threshold:
A Presentation to the Edmonton Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue Glen Argan | 30 November 2018 ‘Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land.’ (Psalm 101.8) ‘Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.’ (Matthew 5.39) Although the death penalty is no longer…

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Truth takes a back seat in Khashoggi case

By Glen Argan (originally published in The Catholic Register, October 28, 2018, http://www.catholicregister.org) My plan had been to write this week on the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s encyclical The Splendour of Truth, the sainted pope’s most controversial document. However, as often happens, events intervened, and I put off writing that reflection. Maybe next time. Writing about truth’s “splendour”

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Outsider Pope Francis was bound to draw hostile reaction

By Glen Argan In the current state of distress highlighted by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s claim that Pope Francis has long known about accusations of sexual abuse against American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the story of the previous pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, should be recalled. In 2012, Gabriele was arrested and convicted of stealing sensitive documents from the office of Pope

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Bishops must be locally accountable

(Published first in The Catholic Register, http://www.catholicregister.org, September 2, 2018) By Glen Argan The Roman Catholic Church today has nearly 3,000 dioceses and archdioceses, each with at least one bishop. The first letter to Timothy in the New Testament describes the character of a bishop in these words: “A bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable,

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Dance celebration expresses reconciliation beyond words

By Glen Argan (Originally published in The Catholic Register, June 17, 2018) Words are rarely enough. Actions speak louder than words. When we want to restore a broken relationship, a simple “I’m sorry” or even a long, detailed apology may not suffice. More is required. In late April, I attended Ancestors and Elders, a performance by Edmonton’s Shumka Dancers, Canada’s

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